Disinfo: Estonian Politicians have turned their country into a small and angry anti-Russian project that tastes like Baltic herring deep-fried in lard

Summary

In the Baltic States, the idea of nationhood exists only as an idea of resistance to Russia. Estonian politicians use aggressive provocations against Russia to deflect the attention from their failures on the welfare of the people. Estonian politicians have turned their country into a small and angry anti-Russian project that tastes like Baltic herring deep-fried in lard.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining the statehood of the Baltic countries. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania became independent in 1918. Three countries were occupied and illegally incorporated first by the Soviet Union, then by Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1944, and again by the Soviet Union from 1944 to 1991, when they regained the independence. This article can be described as a "Straw Man Narrative". A Straw Man is an argument, based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent's argument, while actually refuting an argument that was not presented by that opponent. In this case, the Straw Man argument is that Estonia is planning to buy rockets to deter Russia. Such a suggestion was aired by a journalist in Estonia, but it is not part of Estonian military planning. The lard mentioned in the article is an allusion to the National Ukrainian dish Salo, salted lard. This way the author hints on Ukraine influencing Baltic policy.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 134
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Estonian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Estonia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Provocation, Baltic states
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